The ability of 3D printing to design complex structures without internal supports is perfectly suited for creating forms and shapes never before possible using conventional means.  When applied to fashion accessories, 3D printing allows designers to explore new concepts and realize design ideas, brining innovation and fun back to the fashion world.  

 3D printing has been already used to create a number of inspirational headwear pieces, including a number of 3D printed hats and 3D printed hair accessories.  3D printing headpieces is quickly becoming one of the most innovative uses of 3D printing in the fashion world.  Now, at the recent AVEDA Congress 2013, three stunning headpieces graced the catwalk.  

AVENO Congress headpieces

AVEDA Congress headpieces

The pieces were envisioned by Ray Civello, a hair stylist for fashion and editorial shoots for over 37 years.  Mr. Civello collaborated with architect and talented CAD designer Stephen Ma of Exuberance studio, who turned Mr. Civallo’s hand-drawn sketches into 3D CAD models.  Mr. Ma then sent the 3D CAD files to be printed by Solid Concepts.  This seems to be the first time Solid Concepts ventured into the 3D printing fashion world, but looking at the pieces, I sincerely hope it would not be the last time.  The pieces were then 3D printed using the SLS process, and finished with coat of silver, gold and bronze paint.  The speed of the execution of the project is especially impressive, as it only took two weeks from hand-drawn sketches to the unavailing of the pieces at the runway of the AVEDA Congress 2013.

AVEDA Congress headpiece bronze

AVEDA Congress 2013 headpiece bronze

AVEDA Congress silver headpiece

AVEDA Congress 2013 silver headpiece

AVEDA Congress 2013 gold headpiece

AVEDA Congress 2013 gold headpiece

To hear Mr. Civallo discuss the project and view close ups of the pieces, watch the video below

 

Source: Solid Concepts, 3D Printing Industry

 

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The ability of 3D printing to design complex structures without internal supports is perfectly suited for creating forms and shapes never before possible using conventional means.  When applied to fashion accessories, 3D printing allows designers to explore new concepts and realize design ideas, brining innovation and fun back to...